Chris Lighty

Hip-Hop Manager Chris Lighty Dies

The hip-hop community is mourning the loss of one of its pioneers. Manager Chris Lighty has died after reportedly committing suicide.

According to the New York Daily News, Lighty passed away Thursday morning after he shot himself during an argument with his ex-wife inside his Bronx apartment.

Law enforcement sources report that the 44-year-old music executive may have been struggling with financial issues, including owing around $5 million to the IRS.

As founder and owner of Violator Management, Lighty was instrumental in the careers of superstars including 50 Cent, Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and Soulja Boy.

Some of his friends took to Twitter to offer their condolences. “R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!!” tweeted Fat Joe. “I Would Be Nothing Without YOU!!! My Kids Appreciate YOU God Bless Chris Lighty.”

Nick Cannon, whose wife Mariah Carey was once managed by Lighty, also expressed his sadness. “I’m devastated right now. I can’t believe my big brother Chris Lighty is gone… He was a pioneer, a mentor, and a great friend RIP.”

  • youMAD?stayMAD!

    Rest In Peace!

    • Toney


      You really rest in peace when you’ve killed yourself!



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  • pressed much?

    suicide is NEVER the answer. I wonder what drove him to do it. RIP :-(

    • Mentamir

      @pressed much?, I don’t think people who commit suicide view it as an answer nor a solution. Suicide is what happens when your fear of life overpowers your fear of death. Either way, it is incredibly tragic and sad. May he be in a better place.

  • prentice

    Dang I hate to hear about suicides. My heart goes out to his family.

  • presto

    Dang I wish he had got his soul saved before taking his life cause he ain’t in paradice for doing that.

    • nee nee

      @presto, oh lord what an ignorant statement. also that is simply not how you spell paradise…

  • ayee

    he used his twitter (clighty] just a few days ago and then killed himself ???

    • ricky

      @ayee, i dont understand how that’s weird nor worth mentioning?

  • Be3000

    He last tweet was:

    Rest in peace to my main man The Grand Incredible Dj Scott La Rock. I am still Criminal Minded. 8/27/87

    and then he killed himself? Poor man

  • customcalendars4u2

    If someone in the industry connected was out to get him then his death will just be ruled a homicide and the truth will not be revealed right away if at all. It seems he was Extremely successful so unless he got into some deep cover financial trouble with artists like 50 who would threaten to do him bodily harm then he should have been content with his life. Let’s see what 50 has to say about this in a statement, because suicide is not typically NOT our thing! IJS

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  • WonderLand19

    So sad.Rest In Peace.

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  • ali

    They should stop telling ur lies and stop all dis sucide shit they doing, they tOok out scott and now chris l. In a space of 3weeks they killing all this good people and they tellin us its sucide, that shitty news is getting old. Established men don’t jst commit “sussy” (sucide) like that, unless they really fucked. So they should really tell us what’s killing all this grown ass men killing themself and stop tellin us shit

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    Everybody did Tweets On their Twitter and Said what they had to say

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